Jingle Joy

Hello and welcome aboard our Jingle Joy Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Lauren’s CTMH Craftings then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Jingle Joy”.

This layout uses the Jingle Joy Paper Pack; some stencils;Archival Black Exclusive Ink; Raspberry, Clover,and Evergreen Exclusive Inks; wooden stars; cricut cut Gold Glitter Paper stars; and Nebula Stickles Glitter Gel.

This exclusive Jingle Joy Collection is only available until the end of December whilst stocks last.

The Jingle Joy Scrapbooking Workshop can be yours for just $65.50. Individual components can also be ordered from your CTMH Maker. If you do not have a Maker please contact me or place an order here.

If you’d like to get a 15% spending credit back on all your orders be sure to sign up as a CTMH VIP Customer with your CTMH Maker. If you don’t have a Maker you can sign up as a VIP with me here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Passionate About Pages.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Comfort and Joy

Hello and welcome aboard our Comfort and Joy Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 


If you have arrived here from Arty Maz then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

I apologize in advance – this is a rather long post. But it’s full of some very pretty things. So I promise it’ll be worth it.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Comfort and Joy” combined with some of the papers and embellishments from the Annual Ideas Catalogue. These creations I made over the weekend at the official Close To My Heart Album Retreat. Prior to Covid these Album Retreats were run face to face, but only from Home Office in Utah, USA. And whilst I have been to one of these in UTAH – it’s not an affordable option every time. And they run around 3 a year. So an upside to Covid is that these Album Retreats are being run virtually. I’ll talk more at the end of this post about next years events.

For Album Retreat you pre-purchased a kit, that was mailed out to use. The Kit contained – pre-cut pieces for 20 pages (all packed beautifully by layout), backing papers for layouts, an E size stamp set (an E Size stamp set has two full 6×6 sheets of stamps in the one packet), and two other stamp and thin cut sets, embellishments (including a full 12×12 sticker sheet, a sheet of glitter die cuts, a bottle of Stickles, wooden stars, and black velvet ribbon), stencil, and a set of mini blending tools. Besides these supplies I had to supply my inks, adhesives and tools such as trimmers etc. And then the entire event was run via a private Facebook Group. Each layout was done individually as a Live video, that was then saved so that you can watch it again or at a later time. I was crazy and got up at 2am each day and participated live. I just love the vibe of doing it live.

So now I’d like to share all the layouts and talk through some of the cool things that I learned along the way.

This was the opening page for the Album. I love the gold foil on some of the stickers in the Comfort and Joy Sticker Sheet. The poinsettia flowers are from the Comfort and Joy Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cut Set.

So in 2021 Close To My Heart are offering 4 Virtual Album Retreats. The first being the 15/16 January 2021 (that’ll be 16/17 January for Australia). Bookings for this event will open on the 5th of November. And it will sell out. It is open to both Makers and Customers So if you are interested in finding out more about this fabulous event please contact your CTMH Maker, if you don’t have a Maker and would like to know more you can contact me here. Whilst it is a big investment. To come away from the weekend with 20 fabulous pages, learnt new techniques and added some stamps and thin cuts to my stash – it is totally worth it.

This exclusive Comfort and Joy paper collection is only available until the end of October while stocks last. The Workshop Collection can be yours for just $62.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH Maker. If you do not have a Maker please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Crop Craft Create.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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With All My Love

Hello and welcome aboard our October Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 



If you have arrived here from Doris’ Blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s October Stamp of the Month – With all my Love.

I can imagine lots of uses for this stamp set. But I decided to just focus on the sentiments and use them onto cards I was already planning using some of our other great products.

This exclusive D size “With All My Love” stamp set (only available in October) can be yours for just $34. Or for only $9, when you place an order of $80 or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here. I’m also happy to tell you more about the NEW VIP Club that Close To My Heart has started this month.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Scrapping and More with Doreen.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Party Time

Hello and welcome aboard our Party Time Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 



If you have arrived here from Arty Maz then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a couple of creations which features Close To My Heart’s Collection “Party Time”.

These two layouts were created using the Party Time Paper and Sticker Pack. Teamed up with the yellow acrylic stars. I love this paper paper as it is double sided – each side has a different colour variation. So you can make you layout more pink or blue based depending upon your preference.

Lastly I made the card below using the new Waterfall Thin Cut Dies and the Party Time Papers. This time I added some of the new Lemon Shimmer Trim and also stamped Lagoon stars onto the white ribbon. Stamping on white ribbon is a great way to get the perfect embellishment to match your card or layout. But be sure to let the ink dry for at least 1/2 an hour before using.

I love that the Waterfall Die set comes with the stitched square, the scalloped square, a circle and two different banners to help you make the perfect sized decorations.

Some other creations from the Close To My Heart Art Studio.

This exclusive Party Time Collection is available for the life of the New 2020/21 Annual Catalogue.

This Paper Collection and stickers can be yours for just $AU25.  The paper can also be purchased without stickers and there is lots of fun embellishments and stamps to go with any Party theme. You can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kimmy Adds Sparkle.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Bloom with Grace

Hello and welcome aboard our Bloom with Grace Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 


If you have arrived here from Kimmy Adds Sparkle then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Bloom with Grace”. I totally love the sunflowers in this pack. And with whole sheets of them I couldn’t help but fussy cut them for embellishments. I know there are some in the sticker pack. But I designed the layout with you the stickers – as some of the stickers aren’t my style. And I wanted a layout that I could recreate for my customers at my Virtual workshop.

This layout used some cricut cut pieces – the circles that have had their sides folded up, combined with some retiring embellishments – the wooden buttons. Because my Desert Rose cardstock hadn’t arrived when I made this I added in Ballerina cardstock instead. And it matches in nicely too. In the Espresso brown square on the left page is where I plan to add my title. And of course all the sunflowers were fussy cut from one of the patterned papers. If you’d like to watch the Facebook Live I did for the construction of this page you can go here.

Here is some more inspiration from the CTMH Art Studio

This exclusive Bloom with Grace paper collection is only available until the end of October while stocks last. The Workshop Collection (the three double layouts pictured above) can be yours for just $62.

Individual components of the Bloom with Grace range can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Scrapbooking and More with Doreen.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Here for the Memories

Hello and welcome aboard our September Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s September Stamp of the Month – “Here for the Memories” S2009.

I’m yet to decided exactly which photos I’m planning to put on this layout, so I may yet add more embellishments. This Layout was created using papers from three of CTMH’s NEW paper packs released today. The Black pattern in from the NEW Mix In Paper Pack from the Sept-Oct Catalogue. Whilst the Floral paper is from the NEW Lovely Paper Pack, and the Woodgrain paper is from the NEW Woodgrain Paper Pack – both form the new Annual 2020-2021 Catalogue. And you can also see some accents with the new Blue Belle Cardstock. Blue Belle is the new Colour of the Year. You can get it in Inks, Cardstock, Shimmer Trim, Glitter Paper and Shimmer Brush. Yay!!!

This card was made using some of my existing favourite products – like the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, Silver Star Confetti and the Craft On Sequins. Combined these with some of the NEW products – the hearts were stenciled on in Raspberry ink through one of the NEW 12×12 stencils; and most excitedly – shaker foams are now in 5 different shapes – heart, star, circle, square and rectangle. With the square and rectangle also in different sizes….. And all have matching Thin Cuts to make cutting the components super easy.

The above pocket scrapbooking page showcases some more of the NEW products. This was created by the CTMH Art Studio.

This exclusive September Stamp of The Month is only available during September. It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $88 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Scrapping and More with Doreen.

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Timber Paper Collection

Hello and welcome aboard our “Timber” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

 If you have arrived here from Crop, Craft, Create then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Timber”. This is a wonderful outdoorsy and masculine paper collection. I decided to use it for my little boy.

I just love the Kraft paper with this Timber collection. I’ve teamed it up with the following stamp sets: D1937 Magical Alphabet, B1712 This Right Here (the arrows) and of course the Z3741 Gnome Matters (stamp and thin cut set). I love the Gnomes. So much so that I fussy cut their attire from scraps of the Timber papers. The beards I coloured using a white pencil. The flowers and arrows were coloured using the Red Shimmer Brush. All stamping was in the Intense Black Ink.

The cute arrow shape I created by cutting the strips of Timber paper to 3 1/2″ wide and then tracing the corner of one of the stitched square thin cuts and cutting by hand. I did the same for the photos too.

Some other Timber creations from the CTMH Art Studio:

This exclusive Timber Paper Collection is only available until the end of August, whilst stocks last.

This Workshop collection can be yours for just $53. Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s CTMH Craftings.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Floral Celebration SOTM

Hello and welcome aboard our August Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 


If you have arrived here from Creative Inspirations Blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a few of cards which features Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month – Floral Celebration.

This happy Tri-fold Card uses the X9017 Mix In Paper Packet combined with the stamp set stamped in a variety of the CTMH Exclusive Ink Colours – Raspberry, Tangerine, Canary, Lagoon and Fern. Plus I’ve added some gold glitter gems. A couple of flowers I stamped in Intense Black and then coloured using the Tri-blend Markers.

This centre opening card uses Charcoal Ink in a combination of first and second generation stamping. I’ve added some silver embellishing thread and an acrylic white heart that is then covered in Stickles for extra sparkle.

This last card was created by heat embossing on the background cardstock – I layered the embossing. Doing the vines first, then the larger flowers and lastly the small flowers. I then sponged ink over the top. The three largest flowers where embossed onto Vellum and fussy cut before sticking down with a glue dot. The sentiment is in Charcoal Ink.

Some creations from the CTMH Art Studio using the SOTM:

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during August .It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $80 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Lauren’s CTMH Crafting.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Happiest Place

Hello and welcome aboard our Happiest Place Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Scrapping and More with Doreen then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Happiest Place Collection. I’ve approached this is very different way as a challenge to myself. I need three cards to congratulate some new parents.

Whilst not all the babies are boys (two are), I really loved the roller coaster ride that to me really sums up our journey in parenthood. So I paired it up with the matching stickers and acrylic shapes. The BABY was cut using the Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts and the Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock. This cardstock pack contains some sheets with a variety of silver foiled patterns.

When using the stickers I wasn’t afraid to cut some of them up. The arrow with “love this” originally said “loved this”. I also cut the sun sticker in half and used on two cards. And of course I clustered some, such as the hearts together.

The other project I’m really excited about is the 8 x 11 1/2″ Cut Above Layout Kit. This is a great size. It’s still a work in progress, and I’m still deciding what photos to put in. But it is going to be so much more than a theme park album. I’ve even turned the “Minny Mouse” style red dot bow into a butterfly. It is totally a kit of pieces that you can use as you wish, or follow the fabulous instructions that come with the kit.

Some other Happiest Place artwork from the CTMH art studio…

This exclusive Happiest Place Collection is only available, while stocks last, during July and August. You can purchase the entire Collection for a 20% discount or individual pieces. The full collection is available for $162.50. Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kimmy Adds Sparkle.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Danielle

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Summer Vibes

Hello and welcome aboard our Summer Vibes Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from ArtyMaz then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you some creations which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Summer Vibes”. On this dreary winter day in Melbourne it made me feel a little bit warmer just working with these fun vibrant papers.

Whilst the name suggests “Summer” I wanted to continue working with photos that I’ve been scrapbooking from late 2014 – thus they were a mix of winter, spring and summer photos. So I used the colours as a guide rather than a theme.

When I first started working with the Summer Vibes paper collection I create the Summer Vibes Scrapbooking Workshop Kit. Part of this kit (photos towards the bottom of what those layouts are) involved cutting out a large heart. So for this layout I used the scrap surrounds and stuck it down onto a piece of lemonade cardstock. The flowers were fussy cut from other scraps. In the kit there is an exclusive piece of patterned paper that you don’t get in the normal Summer Vibes Paper Packet. I used the leftovers of this glacier hatched piece to thin cut the title. I’ve raised the photo and title up on 3D foam tape for some extra dimension. This layout is going to be the cover page for the album for the second part of 2014.

The next thing I created was my version of some layouts in a Consultant Designed Workshop that I have access to thanks to CTMH and the resources that they provide us to use with our customers.

Here is some of the other artwork created using Summer Vibes from the CTMH studio. The first photo is the Workshop Kit that I talked about.

This exclusive Summer Vibes Paper Collection is only available until the end of August. while stocks last. The Scrapbooking Workshop Kit can be yours for just $A62.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop – Passionate About Pages.

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Danielle

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